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ˈdɛl ɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt; -ˌgeɪtdel·e·gate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word delegate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delegateverb

    a person appointed or elected to represent others

  2. delegate, deputeverb

    transfer power to someone

  3. delegate, designate, depute, assignverb

    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)


  1. delegatenoun

    a person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy

  2. delegatenoun

    a representative at a conference, etc.

  3. delegatenoun

    an appointed representative in some legislative bodies

  4. delegatenoun

    a type of variable storing a reference to a method with a particular signature, analogous to a function pointer

  5. delegateverb

    to authorize someone to be a delegate

  6. delegateverb

    to commit a task to someone, especially a subordinate

  7. delegateverb

    to give away authority over a subdomain; to allow someone else to create sub-subdomains of a subdomain of yours

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delegatenoun

    any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a commissioner; a vicar

    Etymology: [L. delegatus, p. p.]

  2. Delegatenoun

    one elected by the people of a territory to represent them in Congress, where he has the right of debating, but not of voting

    Etymology: [L. delegatus, p. p.]

  3. Delegatenoun

    one sent by any constituency to act as its representative in a convention; as, a delegate to a convention for nominating officers, or for forming or altering a constitution

    Etymology: [L. delegatus, p. p.]

  4. Delegateadjective

    sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate judge

    Etymology: [L. delegatus, p. p.]

  5. Delegateverb

    to send as one's representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize

    Etymology: [L. delegatus, p. p.]

  6. Delegateverb

    to intrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit

    Etymology: [L. delegatus, p. p.]


  1. Delegate

    A delegate is someone who speaks or acts on behalf of an organization at a meeting or conference between organizations of the same level.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delegate

    del′e-gāt, v.t. to send as a legate or representative: to entrust or commit to.—n. one who is delegated: a deputy or representative: (U.S.) a person elected to represent a territory in congress, as distinguished from the representatives of the States.—adj. delegated, deputed.—ns. Delegā′tion, Del′egacy, a delegating: the persons delegated. [L. de, away, and legare, -ātum, to send as ambassador.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Eng. _dally_, to loaf, and Fr. _gate_, spoiled. A spoiled loafer.

Editors Contribution

  1. delegate

    A person elected to a form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government to communicate the collective voice of the people who voted for that person.

    The delegate was elected for the fifth time.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020  
  2. delegate

    To assign a task to a person.

    They did delegate the task to the relevant person.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 2, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delegate' in Nouns Frequency: #1924

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delegate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delegate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of delegate in a Sentence

  1. Cherokee Nation:

    I think we have to look at the roadmaps that are laid out as a suggested path to seating The Cherokee Nation delegate, and certainly the delegates afforded the territories give us an idea of what is workable in the Congress.

  2. Marlene Dietrich:

    A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.

  3. Kayla Moore:

    Our opponent -- who is an ultra-liberal, who was an Obama delegate, who is for full-term abortions, who is for more gun restrictions, who is for transgender bathrooms, who is for transgender [people] in the military -- is against everything we in Alabama believe and stand for.

  4. Jeff Weaver:

    What it tells us is that Bernie has financial staying power, we have the financial wherewithal that will allow for a major campaign through Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and beyond in state-by-state, delegate-by-delegate contests for the Democratic Party nomination.

  5. The Texas senator:

    New York , Sanders vowed. The Republicans were battling for 95 delegates. Republican Donald Trump, originally from Queens, would need to win more than 50 percent of the vote statewide - – and dominate across the congressional districts -- to have a shot at claiming all those delegates. The importance of every last delegate has increased in recent weeks as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has appeared to outmaneuver Trump’s campaign in the behind-the-scenes preparations for July’s convention. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been laying the groundwork for a contested convention – - where no candidate has the necessary 1,237 delegates to clinch the nomination – - by getting allies elected as delegates. That way, if voting extends to a second round, some of those pledged to Republican Donald Trump on the first round could peel off and support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. This has heightened the pressure on Republican Donald Trump to clinch the nomination before the convention, though Cruz’s recent wins have made that harder. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who infamously panned Trump's New York values earlier in the primary, had been bracing for a tough showing in the Empire State. The Texas senator was already looking ahead on the primary calendar, turning The Texas senator attention to Pennsylvania, where The Texas senator delivered a speech calling on Americans to join together to move the country forward. It is time for us to get up, shake it off and be who we were destined to be.

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  • مندوب, فوض, موفدArabic
  • упълномощавам, делегат, делегирам, представителBulgarian
  • delegat, delegadaCatalan, Valencian
  • delegát, delegovatCzech
  • Delegierter, Abgeordneter, VertreterGerman
  • delegada, diputar, delegadoSpanish
  • نماینده, سپردن, تفویض کردنPersian
  • edustajaFinnish
  • délégué, déléguée, déléguerFrench
  • riochdaire, neach-ionaidScottish Gaelic
  • נציג, בא-כוחHebrew
  • प्रतिनिधिHindi
  • delegato, delegataInterlingua
  • melimpahkanIndonesian
  • delegareItalian
  • נָצִיגHebrew
  • 使節, 代表, 代理人Japanese
  • delegatusLatin
  • afgevaardigde, gedelegeerdeDutch
  • delegatPolish
  • delegada, delegadoPortuguese
  • представи́тельница, поручи́ть, уполномо́чить, представи́тель, уполномо́чивать, поруча́ть, делега́т, делеги́ровать, делега́ткаRussian
  • delegatSwedish
  • delegeTurkish

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